7 CORE PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP
Even after he was chose to lead his nation, Nelson Mandela experienced many fears and anger after spending nearly three decades years in prison. In spite of his fears and bitterness, he chose to be a leader who spoke about of vision, wisdom, encouragement, forgiveness, and hope. Great leaders need to lead with the right principals and values, regardless of the personal conflict, and they must do so especially when it is most difficult.
The greatest leaders embrace private integrity. Integrity develops trust and credibility. Genuine Integrity sets an example and significantly influences the organization and its customer base. Integrity is more than just being honesty; Integrity means whole or complete Integrity refers to doing things completely and with care.
Great leaders plan for success. They plan diligently, both in their personal lives and in their professional lives. Alvin Toffler wrote. “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction”.
However, the world is extremely volatile and fast changing. Business leaders must always be looking ahead. Planned to be prepared, to keep processes and knowledge banks up to date, and have contingency plans in place. Planning is a significant hallmark of successful leadership.
Leaders face countless demands, challenges and urgent matters. Know and focus on your mission at all times. Apply Stephen Covey’s grid of Urgent – Not Urgent versus Important – Not Important. Focus on the things that are essential to supporting the company mission happen. Realize that resources and time are limited and that even the greatest leader cannot do it all.
Leaders and great employees take initiative. Proactive management is a valuable trait both in personal life and in the workplace.
Great leaders seek to understand their team and their customers. Key characteristics of effective listing involve asking questions, listening to understand, and confirming that what you believe you understand is truly with the other person is expressing. It is important that you confirm your understanding. Effective listening also means keeping an open mind and be willing to see things from a different perspective. It is easy for people to hear the words of others but not fully embrace the meaning and value of what someone else has said.
Constant learning is a key to successful self-leadership. From all people you work with or serve, to endless sources of knowledge, from web browsers, books and pod casts, there are many ways to build your knowledge base. Never stop learning. The world is rapidly changing place a new skills are constantly needed to keep pace with change.